|Cadwell Park 8th June 2013
After the Silverstone festival, it was back to normal for the traditional Cadwell Park meeting, again with the VSCC. And it was noticeable that, despite the absence of a some regulars like Nigel Ashman and Mike Fowler, the 500s again provided the best entry of the programme, with twenty-one cars arriving.
John Turner’s clutchlessness was more of an issue through the fiddly woodland section than the open country, and Gordon had quickly brought the gap back under one second in that short loop. Roy, JB, Fred and Ian were in very close contention across the line, and after a second’s gap, so were Neil, Rodney, the latter sticking his nose ahead of the Cooper, but realising Neil had the line into Coppice and was in no mood to share. The remaining Richards followed, with Ashford able to blast past on the straight but Bishop-Miller coming back in the corners. This battle, which had started in qualifying would be short-lived ad the smaller JAP expired after just the one lap. Behind the following group of Darrell, Mark Riley, Richard dlR and David Kingsland (already growing in confidence, but happy to watch for now), a gap was opening to Shirley, who was to have a very solitary race as shoe could not stay with this group, but was too fast for the pair of Mark Palmer and Roy Wright. Behind these two was John Potts in David Baldock’s Cooper Mk IV. The car was looking rather good and sounded clear and strong, but it would again contrive to throw off its carburettor after two laps.
Following these, Darrell was running in fits and starts, at times taking a second or more from the cars ahead, then hacking and coughing its way along the bottom straight and losing half a dozen yards. He remained comfortably clear of Mark Riley (still learning the circuits, let’s not forget), but close enough to give Mark a useful lesson. David Kingsley was in turn following Mark closely enough to also benefit, and both were clearly growing faster and more confident with every lap. Given David’s much lower level of experience, staying so close to Mark was particularly impressive. Both were being towed by Darrell towards the group ahead. Whilst Shirley continued to motor alone, Roy Wright had won the battle with Mark Palmer and was easing away.
Roy focuses through the Hall Bends, he's quick as a Flash....